Welcome to the Subway Art Tour of Village Stations! We will be stopping at nine different subway stations in Greenwich Village and its neighboring areas. Through photographs and illustrations, we will survey the public art in each of them. From purposely commissioned art over more than 35 years by the MTA’s Arts and Design Department to the original art from the subway’s beginning in 1904, we will learn about how the art is made and the artists who make it, as well as the rich Village history represented in the art itself and the process by which it was commissioned. We will learn a bit of the history of the subway system, and awaken our awareness to the beauty, brightness, and humor around us through public art. Step aboard for an eye-opening ride through the museum at the core of the Big Apple!

Phil Desiere, a licensed tourist guide by the Department of Consumer Affairs of the City of New York, and a member of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), enjoys sharing his passion for the Big Apple with tourists and locals alike. Phil came to the tourist guiding profession after a 35-year career as a graphic designer/art director in the publishing industry. His walking tours focus on the art and architecture, the history and tales, and the quirky characters of the Big Apple. Being a tourist guide is the best job he has ever had! From the age of 10 Phil wanted to live in Greenwich Village. For more than 41 years he has lived, loved, laughed, and learned in the City’s most-storied neighborhood! 

Friday, May 7, 2021
6:00 pm